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Nakamura Sworn In As NM Supreme Court Chief Justice

Nakamura Sworn In As NM Supreme Court Chief Justice

Succeeds Justice Charles Daniels

The New Mexico Supreme Court has a new chief justice.

Judith Nakamura, who has served on the court since December 2015, was sworn in as chief justice Wednesday, the Administrative Office of the Courts said.

Nakamura was elected chief justice by her colleagues on the court, and she succeeds Justice Charles Daniels, who had served as chief justice since 2016.

The chief justice presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and serves as the administrative authority over personnel, budgetary matters and general operations of all state courts, the AOC said.

Nakamura received her law degree in 1989 from the University of New Mexico. Previously, she served for three years as a Second Judicial District Court judge and more than 14 years as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court judge.

Nakamura is a hot-air balloon pilot and a volunteer member of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Board of Directors.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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